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Jabree Coleman carries Imhotep to win over Malvern

Tagged under: District 12, Gameday Hub, News, Non-PIAA

| September 15, 2023

Jabree Coleman had him a night to remember. The Georgia bound running back sliced, diced, fought and plowed his way to 40 carries for 293 yards and two scores to lead the Panthers to a 24-14 win over Malvern Prep. “I really appreciate my offensive line. Coming from last year, it’s the same line, they just got so much better” Coleman said of his teammates. Coleman also gave credit to his defense for the win. “Our defense really doesn’t break, they’re the best in the state”.

Coleman was awarded the game ball

It didn’t start well for the Panthers. On their first drive they were held to three plays and a punt that put the ball on the 50 for Malvern. Three plays later Andrew Pellicciotta broke loose down the sidelines and put the Friars up 7-0 with his 39 yard run.

The Panthers appeared to have been stopped on the ensuing drive but a running into the kicker call on the punt gave them new life. Mikal Davis hit Sayeed Buie for a 16 yard gain to convert on fourth down then Jabree finished the drive with a 4 yard td run to tie the game at 7 with 4:43 left in the first quarter.

Both teams exchanged possessions, then Imhotep went on a 64 yard, 8 play drive but the Friar defense held, forcing Imhotep to attempt a 32 yard field goal. Kenny Woseley put the ball through the uprights with plenty of distance to spare give the Panthers a 10-7 lead and the score held going into the break.

“They are very well disciplined. We knew it was gonna be a battle. They got a couple chunk plays on us on that first drive and that drive to start the second half. We have to stop that stuff moving forward” said Imhotep head coach Devon Johnson. He was talking about the first drive of the second half by Malvern. The Friars came out of the break fast and hit on a couple big plays. Pellicciotta went off on a 30 yard run, Skyler Smith hit Zeke Bate first for 26 yards then an 8 yard td to put the Friars up 14-13.

That’s as close as they would get. The Panthers responded with a 11 play, 80 yard drive that ended with a one yard keeper by Davis. The kick was true giving Imhotep the lead for good with 4:25 left in the third quarter. “I think, well, they’re a good team with a good defense. Mistakes got us and that was the difference in the game” said Malvern Prep head coach Dave Gueriera. “We learned a lot about ourselves tonight”.

Imhotep closed out the scoring with a four yard td run by Coleman. The Panthers play at Abraham Lincoln next week and Malvern Prep will host Rock Creek Christian.

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